I was born in Sydney in 1942. My father, an actor, moved to England when I was six. So, with no male role model, I explored nearby Sydney Harbour and found other men and boats.
Teachers and boys bullied me at school, so I seek to be compassionate and fair.
Boating, the bush, electronics, and people were my passions. I started bushwalking at 14, and later embraced cross-country skiing. The Tasmanian Wilderness Society made me an Honorary Life Member: As recognition of your significant contribution over many years to wilderness preservation in Australia.
My relatives included classical musicians, so they may have directed me towards the arts and design. I have worked in engineering design with University of NSW, and CSIRO; in administration with National Parks, radio 2MBS-FM, and the Discovery program for teenagers; and as technical writer with the Department of Education, Konica Minolta, and BHP.
In 2003 I left Sydney in Libelle to sail around the world, returning in October 2005.